By Bill Choy
Triplicate Sports Editor
The Del Norte High boys and girls soccer teams both shut out South Fork on the road on Wednesday.
Led by senior Andrew Salas, who accomplished a hat trickscoring three goalsfor the Warrior boys in the 6-0 victory.
The Del Norte girls scored its two goalsall scored by junior Lauren Byersin the first 10 minutes on the way to the win.
In the boys match, the game remained scoreless for the first 20 minutes. Head coach Gilberto Gil Rodriguez said it took the team time to get into its rhythm, but when it did, they started to score quickly.
He said the team began to get over its "jitters," and started to do a better job of passing and trapping the ball and communicating with each other, which translated to more attempts at the goal.
In the 20th minute, Ricky Juarez scored to give Del Norte the 1-0 lead. Then, Salas scored two goals to give the Warriors a 3-0 lead at the half. Shortly after the start of the second half, Salas made it a hat trick and scored for a third time.
The fifth goal was scored by Cameron Wallen when the ball bounced off the South Fork goalie and Wallen was able to be in the right spot to kick the ball into the goal. The final Del Norte score was by Edwin Aguilar.
Gil Rodriguez said by the second half, he had his bench on the field, and said he was proud at the way they were able to add to the lead and not allow South Fork to score.
He said the good performance by his bench "gives them more confidence" and shows him that the team "has the pieces in place" to have a successful season.
Gil Rodriguez commended Salas for his three goal performance.
"He's always working hard," Gil Rodriguez said. "I feel really good for him."
He commended starting goalie Cody Reynoso and Scott Skeen, who played goalie in the second half for doing a good job at defending the goal.
Del Norte opened the season last week at home with a win against St. Bernard's.
Things started about as quickly as possible for the Warrior girls. In the first minute of play, they raced down the field and on an assist from Rachael Lawrence, Lauren Byers was able to score.
In the 10th minute, on an assist by Katy Suzuki, Byers scored again to give the Warriors a fast 2-0 lead.
Head coach Clar Byers said the two quick goals were "great to see. That's what we want to do in every game," to jump out to a quick lead.
While Del Norte did not score the rest of the game, they were able to attempt several more shots on goal and gave South Fork very few chances to shoot at the goal, coach Byers said.
South Fork only had five shot attempts for the game.
After losing its first three games of the season at a tournament in Arcata, the Warrior girls earned its first win of the season against St. Bernard's at home last week.
Byers said he's excited about the way his team has been working together and have been playing good soccer.
He said the team is starting to gel, moving the ball well down the field, passing to the open person and playing good defense.
With the Big 5 Conference season coming up, Byers said the team needs to continue to perform well to remain competitive.
Both the girls' and boys' teams play again on Saturday in Fortuna.
The boys began play at 11 a.m. and the girls are set for a 1 p.m start.
Byers added a group of Del Norte fans made the trek to South Fork for both games and said the fan support always helps.
He added he expects more fans to make the trek to Fortuna.